Since 2008, the July Cup has been a part of the Global Sprint Challenge, a series of the ten best sprint races from across Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Dubai and the United Kingdom. A prize fund of $1,000,000 is awarded to the horse that wins three separate Group One’s in three different countries during the campaign with $750,000 going to the respective trainer and $250,000 to the owner.
The inclusion of the July Cup in such a series shows the standing that the contest has on the world scene. With some of the sport’s leading trainers targeting the July highlight in recent seasons, winning the Group One has become a notable feather in the cap of some of the world’s best handlers.
Not only do you need a horse with an immense level of speed to win the July Cup, but you also need them to overcome the unusual test that the July course at Newmarket presents. Run over a straight six-furlongs, the July Cup begins with a steady downhill run for the best part of five-furlongs before a strong uphill final furlong finish to the line. It means a horse must possess the correct use of balance and pace to be prepared for an uphill run-in that can be underrated by jockeys.